If you have never considered adequate truck parking as an issue that affects you and your family, you are not alone. Most people who are not commercial drivers do not think about or realize how this issue directly affects their safety. Lack of adequate truck parking leads to trucking accidentsin many ways. The battle for laws to provide adequate truck parking is a battle for your safety, not just for the convenience of truck drivers.
Lack of parking is one of the many factors that contribute to driver fatigue. Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in a large portion of trucking accidents. Hours of Service (HOS) rules dictate how long a truck driver can be on duty and on the road during a twenty four hour period, but when there is no place to pull over and take the mandated breaks, truckers are forced to push on no matter how badly they need to rest. They are forced to break the law and compromise the safety of everyone on the road.
Truck drivers do have a dangerous alternative to breaking HOS when they have no where to park safely. They can park illegally on the side of the road. This too can cause an accident due to poor visibility and the mere proximity to fast-moving vehicles.
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